Day 1: Workshops - Sat Oct. 11, 2014


1:00 - 1:45 PM:

Writing Children’s Books

Presenter: Shekhem-t Ariantch Rhue, author of Dress the African Way and Organizing and Preserving Family and Religious Records: A Step-by-Step Guide

Workshop Description: Do you want to write a children's book?  Writing for children is fun but not child’s play. Discover how to balance youthful imagination with adult professionalism, gain awareness of the various forms of children’s books and target your writing to the age-ranges of your audience.  Learn craft elements of character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work to match the children’s book you seek to write – picture books, EZ readers, chapter books, and young adult literature.  We will show you how to write stories that will enthrall and uplift young readers.



2:00 - 2:45 PM:


Writing Short Stories

Workshop Presenter: Nana Camile Yarborough, author of Cornrows, The Shimmershine Queens, The Little Tree Growing in the Shade, and Tamika and the Wisdom Rings.


Workshop Description: Learn how to tap into your innate creativity and transform short stories and ideas into saleable items, how to overcome doubt and inertia, and how to develop early drafts into professional short stories.



3:00 PM - 3:45 PM:


Developing Memorable Characters

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen(Shekhem Ur Shekhem)author of Heru the Resurrection, the Metu Neter series, and other books.


Workshop Description: Characters are the heart and soul of any novel, short story or play. Discover how to create strong three-dimensional characters from the ground up.  Develop a character bio and watch your characters come to life


Break - Dinner/Lunch


5:00 PM to 5:45 PM:


How to Research a Topic or Theme for Your Book

Presenter: Shekhem-t Ariantch Rhue, author of Dress the African Way and Organizing and Preserving Family and Religious Records: A Step-by-Step Guide

Workshop Description: Nooma Monika Rhue, Library Director and a professional archivist shares her skills in library science to transform non-fiction into interactive and powerful stories.  This workshop will reveal the many secret tools available to only a few, hidden the libraries that can aid you with your next research project, theme, subject or title for your next book



6:00 - 6:45 PM:



Presenter: Sh. Enen Sabut, Keith Holmes, author of Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success

Workshop description: eBook publishing is one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. If you have written an eBook or print book, learn how to produce it. Workshop topics include instruction on selecting dynamic press releases, book reviews, casting a winning voice, working with eBook producers, and selling your completed eBook on: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Nobles, Google Play and Kobo.



Day 2: Workshops - Sun 12 Oct, 2014


1:00 - 1:45 PM:


Promoting Your Book: Reaching the Right Target

Presenter: Gregory Walker, author of Memnon series

Workshop Description: Today, book promotion is faster, easier, and less costly.  Stop sending unsolicited ads to the general public. Deliver less expensive and more effective email announcements about your book, only to your target audience. Brand and promote your book in the same manner as you would any other product.  Learn the strategies for making your book visible in the market and increase you sales.




2:00 - 2:45 PM:


How to get your Book into Libraries, Schools, Universities and Museums

Presenter: Sh. Enen Sabut, Keith Holmes author of Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success

Workshop Description:  While authors can access many marketing tools, social media remains one of the best ways to find and engage your target market. Authors need to build “platforms” in order to market their books. Are you properly leveraging social media and seeing results?  This author has successfully leverage his book as part of the library collection of over 1,300 national, public and state libraries including museums, schools and bookstores in thirty countries worldwide. You need this workshop to learn how to get your book into libraries, schools, universities and museums through book distributors and book stores.



3:00 - 3:45 PM:


Writing the Settings: Authoring Versus Writing

Presenter: Sh. Christopher Obi, author of Dumisai

Workshop Description: Where you set your story can be as powerful as the story itself.  Learn how to craft vivid, realistic settings even if they are fictional. Discover how to incorporate exciting elements of setting to spice up your novel, short story or play.


Break Lunch/Dinner



5:00 - 5:45 PM:


Panel Discussion: Writing Non Fiction

Presenter: Dr Ra Un Nefer Amen 1(Shekhem Ur Shekhem) author of the Metu Neter series and other books


Workshop Description: Explore new approaches to writing nonfiction while also developing an appreciation for the genre. Get step-by-step instructions and tips on how to write non-fiction articles, essays, or a few chapters of your book. Discover how exciting writing nonfiction can be.



6:00 -6:45 PM:


Workshop on Writing Fiction: Write Your Book and Publish and Market It

Workshop Presenter: Kazembe Bediako (Shekhem Meter Unnerta) Author of the Behutet Series.

Workshop Description: Access the tools necessary to hone your creative writing. Are you mired in writer’s block? Learn how to build your brand and solidify it. Acquire effective methods of publishing and marketing your completed novel.   Learn how to sell your books to non-bookstore markets.  Every year, more books are sold to buyers in market segments outside of bookstores. These include buyers for supermarkets, gift shops, corporations, associations, schools and many more. Are you getting your share of these sales?  Learn how to find new markets, attract new users for and increase your sales and profits.



Day 3: Workshops - Mon 13 Oct, 2014


1:00 - 1:45 PM:


Vanity Publishing versus Self Publishing 

Presenter: Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen 1 (Shekhem Ur Shekhem) author of the Metu Neter series and other books.

Workshop Description: You will learn how to structure a book, how to get started, whether you should publish with a traditional publisher, self-publish or become an independent publisher.  Understand the advantages of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and the ‘dollars and sense’ of the publishing world, from the perspectives of editors and agents.




3:00 - 3:45 PM:


Writing about Ancient Black History

Presenter: Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen 1, author of Not Out of Greece: African Origins of Western Civilization and other books, Enensa Amen, author of Bio Cultural Anthropology of the Ancient Egyptians

Workshop Description: Many books on ancient black history do not give an accurate account about Egypt.  For example, they omit the woman's role and they tell the story from the chauvinistic perspective of the kings.  These Ancient Black History authors share their insights on writing on thetopic.



Break Lunch/Dinner


5:00 - 5:45 PM:


Writing and publishing a non-fiction book 

Presenter: Ur Aua Hehi Metu Ra Enkamit , author of  African Names: The Ancient Egyptian Keys to Unlocking your Power and Destiny

Workshop Description: How do you transform a non-fiction book into a successful, profitable, sustainable business?  Get the tips and tricks, and know the traps! 




6:00 - 6:45 PM:

Editing your manuscript for publication:

Presenter: Shekhem-t. Maauti Urrama and Shekhem-t Nu Amu Samga,

Workshop Description: How do you convey ideas in a book? Great ideas should be readable. A book's readability impacts sales.  Writers invite their readers to take a journey with them and they pave the road with words and ideas. A writer needs a road map that clearly charts his/her direction.  If a minefield of grammar usage and mechanics errors distracts and confuses the reader, the writer has failed to provide an unobstructed route to his/her destination. Consequently, an author could potentially lose a large percentage of his/her reading audience, simply because the reader has to struggle to extract meaning from the text.  As your  "minesweepers", editors can help you to maintain your audience and take readers to your destination.